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Bungie Sad Over Original XBL Closure

For console gamers, it's the end of an era. The launch of the original Xbox console and its online network changed the face of console gaming. Bungie's Halo played a significant part of the evolution, proving that FPS titles can indeed be played on consoles without the need for a mouse and keyboard. The sequel, Halo 2, brought that gaming experience online, allowing fans to play head to head across the nation.

With that said, the developer is now saddened by last week's news that Microsoft is discontinuing support for the original console an its games on Xbox LIVE. As we originally reported, the service will be discontinued as of April 15. Bungie said that gamers have ten weeks left to play Halo 2 online before Microsoft pulls the plug.

"We're all saddened at the realization that an era is coming to an end but looking back, we're incredibly fortunate to have had such a great run and such strong support from our fans," the company said. "Halo 2 has been at or near the top of the Xbox LIVE charts for original games since it launched over five years ago. We're extremely thankful to everyone who has played, enjoyed and supported Halo 2 over Xbox LIVE. We've had some great fun together, including far too many humpday losses to even recount."

Bungie also added that an online bash has been scheduled for April 14. "One final farewell and one final opportunity for all of you to kick our a$$es at Halo 2," the company said. More details will be released soon on Bungie's website.

  • builderbobftw
    Aww, Now im going to have to go back to COD.
  • jhansonxi
    Internet tunneling solutions like XLink Kai can solve the problem.
  • theholylancer
    and another reason pc gaming lasts longer

    granted that is if the devs don't kill off features like IW did
  • Vampyrbyte
  • Nik_I
    Rab1d-BDGR...Quake 2 on PS1 and N64 proved that - both were awesome ports, back in the day. But whilst they can be "played" - it's not the same!
    i played through COD4 on pc, and then decided to play MW2 on xbox 360, and i have to say the experience was just so much better on pc.
    Why the hell would Bungie care? Halo 1 for XBOX did not have Online Multiplayer mode and Halo 2 just plain sucked. They should've just made it easy and had a server browser (like Halo 1 PC) without doing this whole 'match making' crap. Not much of a loss there. I still play Halo 1 on PC. Halo 2 for PC is a joke. First of all, the MS Vista requirement. Secondly, lack of online players and the playability is bad. Oh and hello...why make a game for DirectX 9 when you require Vista to play it, which is DirectX 10 compatible?
  • DM0407
    i played through COD4 on pc, and then decided to play MW2 on xbox 360, and i have to say the experience was just so much better on pc.

    Add to the fact that COD4 is a much better single player... but yes the pc is better
  • JohnnyLucky
    Rest In Peace!
  • Maxor127
    Like I said in the original story, Microsoft has no excuse for doing it besides trying to force people to earn more money by forcing people to upgrade. There's no other valid reason for doing so. Just another addition to a long list of why console online gaming sucks and specifically why XBox Live sucks. Your $50 a year earned about 5 years of online gaming. XBox Live is a scam.

    I'll re-earn a lot of respect for Bungie if they update all of the old maps as Halo 3 maps.
  • MamiyaOtaru
    Maxor you're pretty angry sounding. I'm not a Miocrosoft fan. I don't own an Xbox (or a playstation or a wii, and I never will), but they have their reasons for dropping Xbox Life support. If they are to be believed, as retarded as it sounds the backwards compatibility was preventing them from fixing up their current network, allowing things like more than 100 users in a friends list.

    Sounds like a programming fail, but if the only way forward os to drop the old they need to do it eventually. And yeah, I see this as an advantage of PC Gaming (at least as it has been. Dunno about these programs that rely on a central server, though that can be patched out: see Aliens Vs. Predator 2)